Boston Celebrates Martin Luther King’s Life at BU Event, Walsh Calls on City to Stand Up Against Racism – NBC Boston


Boston held a celebration on Monday in honor of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., at which Mayor Marty Walsh said the city’s “special focus” on the holiday on behalf of King stems from its relationship with Boston and the city’s commitment to end inequality.

Walsh and Boston University presented “A Day of Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” the university’s 49th commemoration for King, who received a doctorate in systematic theology from the school.

“In Boston, we’re paying special attention to this day. It’s because of the kings’ relationship with our city. It’s our commitment to addressing the injustices of our past and ending the injustices of our present,” said Walsh during the virtual event.

The mayor said he felt the pandemic had “exploited, exposed and deepened the injustices in our society,” which heightened inequalities in areas such as healthcare, housing and job opportunities. Walsh called on the city’s residents to commit to anti-racism.

Although the city and country still have some work to do to improve these inequalities, Walsh believes there is hope, he said. He cited the impending inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris as a step in the right direction.

Boston University described the event as a celebration of “the contributions of Rev. Dr. King and civil rights activist, activist, and author Coretta Scott King for the Greater Boston Community ”. Guests included Princeton Professor of African American Studies Eddie Glaude and Boston University Professor, and the founding director of the Center for Antiracist Research, Ibram X. Kendi.

Professor Wornie Reed describes his experiences during the 1963 Washington Historic March and why the current social unrest makes June 2020 different from the recent past.

Also on Monday, Walsh – who was nominated as Labor Secretary to President-elect Joe Biden and who bid farewell to the city in his State of the City address last week – attended the nonprofit addiction treatment organization Shatterproof’s End Addiction Stigma – Pledge to Help Fight in Your Community “as part of the National Day of Service.

Walsh was open about his struggles with addiction and how we can help people sober up.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker spoke at Springfield’s Martin Luther King Day virtual event, “The Dream is Calling You” Monday morning.


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